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LuperFoy to direct UPOP

Susann LuperFoy, a scientist whose research has focused on artificial intelligence, has been named executive director of the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP), effective Nov. 5, the School of Engineering announced this month. 

LuperFoy has worked in academic, government and industry sectors from early-stage start-ups to large public corporations. Within the domain of artificial intelligence, she has researched spoken dialog, natural language processing and intelligent tutoring systems.

Following a postdoctoral research stint interpreting telephony in Kyoto, Japan, she taught artificial intelligence and linguistics for eight years at Georgetown University, where she guided graduate research in automated spoken dialog systems, machine translation, natural language processing, computational pragmatics and acoustic phonetics.

She has authored and edited more than 30 publications and delivered more than 40 invited lectures and technical tutorials on research and applied artificial intelligence topics. She has organized several workshops, special interest groups and standards committees and has served on the technical boards of five Cambridge start-ups.

During Akamai's start-up years she directed the growth of an engineering department that delivered analysis tools to Akamai's customers, among others. Most recently she has worked with surgeons and instructors on the use of intelligent tutoring technology for simulation-based training.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 28, 2007 (download PDF).

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